Students must be a member in good standing of their high school music organization. They have to attend all rehearsals and performances of their OkMEA All-State organization and abide by the Rules of Conduct. Students must be eligible academically under OSSAA guidelines at the time of auditions and at the time of the festival.

Deadlines and Fees

First Deadline – September 22, 2018
– $15.00 per student
Second Deadline – September 29, 2018
– $45.00 per student
Emergency Deadline – Contact Orchestra VP
– $100.00 per student

Audition Dates

Saturday, December 1
Westmoore High School

Contingency Date – Saturday, December 8
The bad weather contingency date (December 8) is only invoked by the OkMEA President. All students must audition on December 2 unless that audition date is cancelled.


Audition Material

The string audition material will consist of four parts:
1. Scale
2. Etude
3. Orchestral Excerpts
4. Sight-Reading


Prepare all major scales, memorized, 3 octaves, slur two quarter notes (quarter note = 90) in the following format: each note is played once ascending and once descending with the top note not repeated. Note: Double Bass will play only two-octave scales. The use or nonuse of vibrato on the scale will not add or subtract points.

Violin, Viola, Cello Example:

Bass Example:


42 Studies or Caprices by Kreutzer
Schirmer Edition (Singer)
#10, pp14-15; Quarter note = 95
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

41 Caprices, Opus 22 by Campagnoli
Peters Edition
#15, pp14-15; Quarter note = 70
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

170 Foundation Studies, Vol 2 by Schroeder
Carl Fischer Edition (02470)
#93, pp22-23; Quarter note = 132
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.

Double Bass
57 Studies in Two Volumes for String Bass, Vol 1
by Storch-Hrabe
Edited by Zimmerman (International 1034)
#1, pp2-3; Quarter note = 84
*Fingerings and bowings marked are required.


We will distribute audition excerpts from the OkMEA All-State music to directors at the OkMEA Fall In-Service Conference in October. Excerpts will be mailed on the following Monday to all directors not attending this meeting.


Sight-reading is required at the audition. Each student will be given a thirty-second study period, during which they may shadow-bow or finger their instruments, but may not make any noise. Points may be deducted, or the student may be disqualified for excessive finger-tapping.


Student Entry Form

Student Entry Form – Before September 29
Please remember to fill in all areas of the registration form, including the complete contact information and primary instrument for yourself and all directors from your school. This information is vital when scheduling judges/monitors.
Online Entry Form

Emergency Entry Form – After September 29
Please download the Emergency Application, complete all information, and email a copy to the Orchestra Chair and Orchestra Vice President. Print a completed copy to bring with emergency audition fees to the audition site and deliver directly to the Orchestra Chair.
Download the Emergency Audition Application


School Entry Form

Student Entry Form – Before September 29
Once your Student Entry form is complete, print the confirmation page and mail with payment (PO or check) to:
OkMEA All-State String Entry
PO Box 886; Muskogee, OK 74402

After September 29, complete the Emergency Entry Form


Special Instructions

The student must follow the scale pattern indicated above. In addition, the student must follow the printed fingerings and bowings indicated in the specific edition of the etude(s). If the student uses an alternate scale pattern, etude fingering, or bowing during the audition, the judges will deduct points.

Students DO NOT need to purchase original parts for excerpts. Students DO need an original etude book at the audition, but they may play off of the distributed copies of excerpts.

DIRECTORS: Please note that all directors who have students participating in the auditions are required to be at the audition and either adjudicate, monitor, or assist as needed. If you know of any string specialists new to our state that would be willing to help with the auditions please email the Orchestra Chair.

Colin Waddell, All-State Orchestra Chair

11028 Springhollow Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
(405) 245-7651